“I don’t know anything. It’s what you know” Owarimonogatari Review and Recommendations

“Losing the will to live and wishing to die are different things to the human heart”.

The Monogatari season continues with Owarimonogatari, continuing the story of Araragi Koyomi. Like all other previous seasons (not counting the specials or movie), it was split into different arcs, moving from Ougi Formula, Sodachi Riddle, Sodachi Lost and finally Shinobu Mail. This season went into depth into more of previously seen characters which made cameos in previous seasons such as Oshino Ougi and Gaen Izuko.

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The monogatari series has always been notorious for a variety of different things. With its main highlight being the dialogue between characters. Shaft has always done a great job in combining this with quick cut animations and providing very short less than a second frames with different meanings on them. This is probably done the best (after a culmination over the years) in Owarimonogatari. The dialogue between characters not only shows different points of view but when combined with the different use of colors gives a whole greater sense of purpose to what was said. There isn’t really any wasted words in the show, where some carry very heavy meanings. The whole story leading up to this point has been one that has always been intriguing. From different events over different seasons happening at the same time as Owarimonogatari (Tsubasa Tiger in Monogatari Series Second Season), it further emphasizes what each of the characters were doing at each point in time, across different arcs, painting a great picture.

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One of the most important lessons learned from watching this anime would probably be the use of words and their meanings. Throughout Owarimonogatari (or even the whole series), there has always been an emphasis on the use of certain words, in order to provide meaning to one’s speech. The classic example of “It’s not like I didn’t like it”, can be used in this way, where it provides connotations to different meanings, 1) You Like it, 2) You’re neutral, 3) You Like it but there’s a problem or 4) You’re neutral but there’s a problem. It is so that, through this lesson learned, it is important in everyday life to carefully choose one’s choice of words, in order to provide the correct meaning, achieve the right result and prohibit misunderstandings from occurring.

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But it’s not just about the dialogue, with varying elements of other shows. The comedy this time was like all others particularly focusing around Tsukkomi (Straight man) and Boke (Funny man) jokes. Most of the time they are generally funny and amusing, but sometimes they fall flat, making them funny in their own way. The anime does come with a hint of fan-service at times (other seasons had more), so this season is restricted, but those who enjoy fan service might find this more tasteful as it is directly linked to the personality of the characters.

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Senjougahara Best Girl!

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OP/ED: Like other seasons the OP rotated out dependent on what arc the current episode was in. All of the OP’s used the same animation style as previous season and it was nice too see this consistency. The contrast of colors in the background made the OP’s quite enticing to watch as it looked like a series of abstract art paintings. The ED on the other hand remained the same, however used a greater variety (not just solid) of different colors in its animation. It was really good to see the paper like dolls of the characters in the animation change from arc to arc, well suited.

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Owarimonogatari Was it Good?

The series has always been a defining factor with its use of dialogue and character interactions. With this being one of the latter seasons, it really does show the work shaft has done in producing the series as a whole. Season after season it has gotten better and Owarimonogatari highlights all of its strengths, from dialogue to characters to the comedy and even some fan-service. Owarimonogatari is an excellent anime.

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Recommendations: For an anime that provides a heavy emphasis on dialogue and its characters, a lot of wordplay and a combination of different genres such as comedy and fan-service I recommend the following:

  • Monogatari Series (The rest of the series)
  • Katanagatari
  • Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru
  • Durarara Series
  • Mawaru Penguindrum
  • Arakwawa Under the Bridge
  • Mekaku City Actors
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